TUV SUD Japan, which is a member of TUV SUD group, was commissioned by the Japanese Petroleum Energy Centre (JPEC) to carry out analysis on the regulations regarding hydrogen stations overseas.

JPEC requested TUV SUD Japan to conduct a survey of the current status of public hydrogen stations in Germany with a focus on seven topics.

In accordance with this request, TUV SUD Japan compiled a mid term report and will continue to asses the market throughout this year before compiling its final report.

However, it has already found that hydrogen stations operating in Germany based on European concepts of standards and safety can be built with lower cost than stations based on Japanese regulations.

The idea of the study is to compare Japan to Europe, and examine the differences with a view of then being able to see how Japan can reduce the cost of constructing hydrogen stations in Japan.

A spokesman from TUV SUD Japan said, “Concerning hydrogen stations, up to now we have been widely engaged in various topics ranging from the testing and certification of hydrogen stations to the design of safe stations, operation, and maintenance.”

“This is a service which takes advantage of our experience, and we would like this to contribute to the development of the market.”

TUV SUD’s parent company is based in Germany and has over 600 offices worldwide, with more than 17,000 employees around the world who are, the company says, “committed to optimising technology, systems, and knowhow” and is engaged in consulting and training